Follow The Iowa Caucuses Live

Tyler Durden's picture

The buck stops here and the votes begin: starting at 7 pm CST, more than 100,000 voters - only a small percentage of the state's electorate - are expected to gather across the state at more than 800 public spots, and cast their votes for their GOP candidate with only three: Paul, Romney and for some unknown reason, Santorum expected to have a fighting changes. Results should begin coming in within a few hours. For those following the caucus for the only important reason: to see how Ron Paul does, or is allowed to do, we have the following live feeds for our readers' disposal.

CNN:

Fox News:

Politico:

Live results can be seen here as they trickle in:

And some more on the Iowa caucus from Reuters as the GOP primary kicks off officially:

Republican candidates crisscrossed Iowa in a last-minute bid for support on Tuesday ahead of the first contest of the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, and at least three - Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul - appeared to have a shot at victory.

 

Iowa's caucuses are known more for weeding out candidates than picking the future president. Finishing in the top spot Tuesday night could provide a big boost in the state-by-state battle to select a Republican challenger to Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

 

Most of the candidates have topped opinion polls at one point in the volatile Republican race that until recently centered on televised debates rather than on-the-ground campaigning.

 

Polls show Romney, the favorite of the party's business wing, in a tight race with Paul, a U.S. congressman from Texas with libertarian views, and Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who hopes to consolidate Iowa's large bloc of Christian conservatives. Romney is a former Massachusetts governor.

 

Many voters remain undecided. The unusual caucus process adds an element of unpredictability. Voters in Iowa gather in public meetings at hundreds of sites around the state such as schools, libraries and churches, listening to speeches touting the various candidates before casting their ballots.

 

"I'm kind of on the fence. A name that's been kind of sticking out, along with everyone, is Rick Santorum. We're not a hundred percent for sure yet," Des Moines resident Jason Harpineau said just hours before the start of the caucuses.

 

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Sparsely populated Iowa only yields 28 delegates of the 1,143 needed to lock up the Republican presidential nomination, and those delegates aren't actually awarded for months after Tuesday's caucuses.

 

Santorum hopes to emerge as the latest conservative alternative to Romney.

 

Largely consigned to the margins for most of the race, Santorum is now fending off attacks from his rivals who see him as a new threat. On Tuesday, he said Paul was behind a wave of automated phone calls that question his anti-abortion and pro-gun credentials.

 

"Ron Paul is disgusting," Santorum told Fox News reporters.

 

A win by Paul would help him extend his minimal-government stance and broaden the appeal of his campaign outside his zealous base, many of them independents, disaffected Democrats and younger voters.

 

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CrazyCooter's picture

Always remember ... liberty is a renewable resource ... choose wisely or peak liberty will be upon us and our future generations.

Regards,

Cooter

strannick's picture

Ron Paul 2012. Change you can believe in.

Nascent_Variable's picture

Ron Paul's people will show up in force, and they aren't going anywhere until their votes are counted.  He's not just going to win - it's going to be a Roman triumph.

trav7777's picture

what does the polling look like?  Statistical dead-heat between Mormney and RP

SHEEPFUKKER's picture

Isn't there a hanging chad-like scenario in Ron Paul's future? Why should we believe this time will be a free and fair election? Everything up to this point has demonstrated that the status quo will not tolerate a candidate that will challenge their supremacy.  I love RP, I just think the deck is stacked. just sayin. 

d_senti's picture

This is why watchthevote2012 is monitoring the caucas. Check out their facebook pages, where people are going to post their local/county results (which are publicly displayed there) so we can compare them to the "official" totals later. If they cheat, we'll at least know they did.

brew's picture

last week the rnc said they would be taking the votes to a "secret location" to tabulate - more hanging chads...

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

<-- Santorum is the world's biggest douchebag

<-- Santorum is just a regular-sized douchebag

whstlblwr's picture

COME ON IOWA! MAKE US PROUD.

smlbizman's picture

just watched "ron paul grassroot energy" kicks ass.....painting my garage door tommorow

smlbizman's picture

ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul ron paul....fixed it for ya

strannick's picture

The more these Main Stream Media talking heads move their stupid lips, the more apparent it becomes that Ron Paul is America's last chance. These hand puppets of the establishment are desperate to discredit Paul (he's unelectable, he's the vote of the disenchanted, he cant beat Obama).

Dear America; Ron Paul is indeed a returning founding father and is your last chance. If you continue to mindlessly support the agents of your destroyers (lobbyists, financial elite), you are locking your own manacles and your blood is on your own hands.

whstlblwr's picture

Worried about jobs? Don't vote Romney.

"Romney Held Responsible

Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romney responsible.

“I would not vote for him for anything,” said Phyllis Detro, 68, who lost her job at a Bain-owned office paper products factory in Marion, Indiana, closed in 1995. “I’d like to see the jobs that he’s created. He has taken away jobs.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-20/romney-as-job-creator-clashes-w...

dwdollar's picture

Paul as president? Get real. The game is rigged. What is it going to take to convince everyone otherwise? I guess the last 10 years of the fraud frenzy has proven nothing in the minds of most. How fucking sad.

trav7777's picture

Rick Santorum now winning...Paul down 4% with 88% in.  RP goes to 3rd and this would be considered a disaster

dwdollar's picture

Santorum is just the useful idiot of the month. Romney will take all the eastern states. Game, set, and match. Surprise... surprise...

trav7777's picture

Santorum is a piece of fuck...Mormney shows well even though Carville savages him for lookin weak.

RP in 3rd place is a disaster...say goodbye

dwdollar's picture

RP getting 3rd is just the logical conclusion. The disaster is that we all live in an oligarchy and few are willing to admit it. Most American men are cowards strutting around like they're alpha males. If they actually admitted they were slaves, their ego would require them to do something about it. Not surprisingly, they don't admit it. Speaking in terms of evolution, it's easier to fool the women into believing you're brave (less risk), instead of proving it.

whstlblwr's picture

Bullshit. It's not a disaster. Rand looked pissed, wonder what story is. Obama knows a Paul Obama race means Obama loses, so maybe he runs some Dems to vote Romney. LOL. Remember never underestimate effort of status quo to make Paul lose. We expect it and have to fight against it.

European American's picture

Santorum (WTF?!?) vs. Barry O.

 

WE ARE FUCKED!

 

Everything is RIGGED, top to bottom!

Oh regional Indian's picture

For a bunch of people who saw the great 2000 lie, the great 2004 lie, the even greater 2008 lie....

why so much energy in this? politics is a drain of time and money at this point. Good time and good money they want to suck from everyone.

Watch it like a TV show, it'll change nothing. When Palin comes to power in 2012, riding on the coat-tails of the Terminator, we'll look back at this  Cock-us and say "Shafted", eh?

;-)

ori

/2012-the-year-of-anomaly/

Hive Raid's picture

As much as I don't respect ORI (and I don't respect him quite a bit), it does seem that this election cannot save the former USA. We've got over 40 million Mexicans here. Game over. Reboot.

In addition, it seems that the time for sound money was decades ago, before we crested the debt mountain. Is sound money a good answer when it means paying off 15, 17, 20 trillion in debt with gold? I don't know, but perhaps blowing up the debt is the lowest cost option.

That said, I'll vote for Paul because the rest are authentic traitors.

GFKjunior's picture

Nothing wrong with Mexicans, the problem is the welfare-warfare state.

Hive Raid's picture

I've seen California go from a Beach Boys paradise to a metastasized outgrowth of Tijuana. Don't tell me there's nothing wrong with the Mexican invasion. "Wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico."

Parallels with Detroit. Btw, is that a million dollar gold chain, or a ten cent piece of rope?

j0nx's picture

From my own experience the only thing good about Mexicans is Mexican Women...until they are 25 anyway and then it's pear city. My town was destroyed by illegals so I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this topic. As the OP said: Game over, reboot.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

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Hugh G Rection's picture

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tmosley's picture

Yes, but why do you think California drew these TYPES of Mexicans?  Or did you think that everyone in Mexico is like that?  

pods's picture

He is probably the scariest of the bunch!  Fundies drive me batty.

pods

Angus McHugepenis's picture

The game can be rigged both ways. The loser doesn't even know he's dead... until the winner comes calling.

smlbizman's picture

new rule....you cant be named candy and look like candy crowley..

SHEEPFUKKER's picture

Candy wants to give you a handy. 

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I used to think that Crowley was a savvy political analyst until I saw her present completely false polling results regarding Ron Paul's viability against Obama. Now I know she's just a shill who thinks that I'm too stupid to know when she's lying. Now that's unattractive.

akak's picture

I hear she ate most of the pro-Ron Paul votes --- and it shows.

Smokey1's picture

Savor the flavor akak.

You and Ron Paul better enjoy this night, because without this hick state of Iowa inbreds, Ron Paul will suck out loud from here on.

Let's see how Paul does in S.C. and Florida as the other contenders drop out.

Hint----as the contenders drop out, their supporters will NOT get behind your misguided mumble-mouth Savior. All the base will converge behind Gingrich or Romney.

Tough shit. Give up. You are pissing in the wind.

Ron Paul has NO chance.

smlbizman's picture

christ, i wish you have told me that before i bought all this paint.....asshole

Bay of Pigs's picture

Maybe you could do us all a big favor and blow your fuckan head off? I've seen some pathetic posters here but you take the cake loser.

Smokey the Pole. 

quasimodo's picture

And how many front teeth do you have?

Fuckhead

akak's picture

<-- Bachmann: "Hitler was 'soft on defense' ".

<-- Bachmann falls to sleep counting dead, nuclear-incinerated Muslim babies.